Driving into Bok Tower Gardens you wind through orange groves and you can see the top of the carillon hovering over the trees. At this point the trees were heavy with ripe oranges in early April. I wish it was closer to my home. It’s an hour and a half away but worth the drive every once in a while. The worst part is putting your life on the line driving across crazy I4 for about 45 minutes but after that it’s a nice back road drive through small towns. I like seeing the cows as I pass by and I keep an eye out for eagles cruising in the skies.
This huge beautiful arrangement greats you at the entrance of the visitor’s center.
Lots of yellow and orange blooming when I was there. I love the orange sunflowers.
Little critters were flying around.
I found a lot of amaryllis blooming near the back exit by the parking lot. It made me think it was still Christmas but the heat reminded me it was not.
This was an interesting cactus. I don’t remember ever seeing these guys sprout like this. It looked like a big asparagus growing out of it.
I was hoping for a few spring migrates at the bird feeder by the pond but all I got was catbirds and cardinals.
While sitting on the bench waiting for birds at the feeder, this guy walked right up to me. Maybe people feed them here? He looked at me for a few seconds and then went to the ground under the feeder and started digging around for seeds. I think we had a connection!
A beautiful morning at Fort Desoto out on the beach.
Watching all of the big boats go by, wondering about that life at sea. I recently started following a guy who pilots the big boats in and out of Tampa bay on Instagram. It’s cool to see his pictures from the boat. I bet he has some great stories to tell. You can find him at Tampabaypilot.
It’s always fun to see the dolphins swimming around the fishing pier and the little terns diving for fish.
The cactus all over the park are blooming.
Brett and I spent a Sunday morning in April just hanging out on the beach. With work, chores and family we don’t get there as much as we use to.
Out on the beach, it was a perfect quiet morning in late August. We get there early before it gets too hot and crowded.
The water was crystal clear but warm. This was before the red tide had brought dead sea life to the beach, the calm before the storm. I was traveling light this morning so all above were taken with my phone.
It was very hot in late July but I stopped by the Lowry Park Zoo early one Saturday morning to see how the wild baby birds were doing.
There were a few late little blue heron babies still on the nest but I didn’t see any baby house sparrows. I saw a few nests tucked away around the gift shop but I didn’t see or hear any babies at that time.
I spent an early Saturday morning looking for a smooth billed ani. I eventually found it but while I was looking around the crazy Nanday parakeets came flying into a tree near the area. I could hearing them screaming as they were flying in from across the field.
I walked over near the tree and these three above were busy preening each other. I guess three’s not a crowd.
Some of theme were hanging around.
Off in the distance I could see birds out on a sandbar.